By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The amalgamation of Yoruba groups converge on Ibadanland under the auspices of the Yoruba Assembly, a socio-cultural group to celebrate 135 years of peaceful coexistence and unity among the Yoruba race after the end of Kiriji war also known as “Ekiti Parapo war”.
The programme which was held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, had in attendance other Yoruba socio-cultural organisations such as the Ifokanbale Ile Yoruba Group, Majiyagbe Olododi, Oduduwa Vanguard, Odua Peoples Congress, Agbekoya, among others.
The groups called for peace among the Yoruba and to speak in one voice to achieve the self-determination agenda.
While speaking with newsmen, the chairman of the Afenifere renewal group, Comrade Olawale Osun said that the obligation of the Yoruba assembly is to educate the southwestern part of Nigeria to stand up to the inactivities and the inaction issues preventing the development of the region
He explained that the obligation of the Yoruba assembly is to “educate our people to stand up to the inactivities, to the inaction of today.
“We can see from the VAT issue that there are so many steps to take, that can even be taken administratively even if Nigeria state is refusing to restructure.
“We can continue to take the issues one by one and demolish them that will continue to remind ourselves of this.”
In his address, the chairman of the Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), Prof. Banji Akintoye, who was represented by Dr. Tunde Hamzat, called for a regional referendum to be conducted and further advised the southwestern part of Nigeria to be united to achieve self-determination agenda.
Professor Akintoye called on the federal government to summon all the regional leaders in the country to a roundtable to renegotiate the structure of the country.
In his remark, the Director-General of the Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria, Comrade Seye Oyeleye admonished the youth to ensure they collect their personal voter’s card to actively engage in the coming election and ensure they are not used by politicians as political thugs.
In a brief interview with newsmen, the Secretary-General , Afenifere Renewal Group, Comrade Ayo Afolabi enjoined the Yoruba people across the country and in the diaspora to resist the activities of Fulani herdsmen invading Yoruba land.
He disclosed that Yoruba sons and daughters across the nations of the globe such as Brazil, Cuba, Togo, Benin Republic Britain and the United States among others, will be coming to Nigeria in six months time to celebrate the Yoruba Festival of Art and Culture
The Kiriji war was one of the World’s longest inter-ethnic war, it was a 16 year- long civil war between the Yoruba people.
The war was specifically between the western Yoruba, which was mainly between Ibadan and Ijebu people and the Eastern Yoruba who were the Ekiti people and the Ijesha.